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|09 November, 2018

Sheikh Mohammed tweets in Hindi, PM Modi responds in Arabic

Earlier, the Dubai Ruler had wished the Indian community a happy Diwali in Hindi.

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, walks toward the United Arab Emirates stable during a veterinary check at the equestrian endurance competition at the 15th Asian Games in the desert outside Doha December 14, 2006.

The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, walks toward the United Arab Emirates stable during a veterinary check at the equestrian endurance competition at the 15th Asian Games in the desert outside Doha December 14, 2006.

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Indian Netizens were in for a special Diwali treat on Wednesday, with the UAE Vice-President tweeting his Diwali wishes in Hindi and the Indian Prime Minister responding in Arabic!

In a touching gesture, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, tweeted his Diwali wishes in both Hindi and English.

Tagging Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Sheikh Mohammed tweeted: "On behalf of the people of the UAE. I wish @narendramodi and all who are celebrating Diwali a happy and joyful festival. May the light of love and hope shine on us all."

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In response, the Indian Prime Minister replied in Arabic and English. "Thank you for the splendid Diwali wishes, Your Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Wishing you a Happy Diwali as well. Your personal commitment towards robust India-UAE relations adds great strength to our bilateral ties."

The exchange set social media on fire, with both tweets liked and retweeted by thousands of Netizens.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed also encouraged residents to share photos andvideosof Diwali celebrations with hashtag #UAEDiwali. Thousands of residents responded to the call and the hashtag was among the top trends of the day.

He retweeted the same message in English for all non-Arabic speakers to share in his sentiments.

Diwali is a five-day festival celebrating the victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance. The five day celebration begins with Dhanteras, followed by Choti (little) Diwali or Naraka Chaturdasi. It is then followed by the Lakshmi pooja. The next celebration is the Govardhan Pooja or Balipratipad (Padwa), and finally Bhai Dooj.

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